Distance: 4 miles
Date: November 22, 2012, 9 am start
Finish time: 36:49, 9:13 min/mile
What sets this race apart: Wine for all the finishers over 21!
Another race, another PR. It's amazing what a difference a year and 65 lbs makes!
|Mark and I with our wine at the finish. Our first start and finish together!|
So, Mark and I lined up with some of my friends at the 10:00 min/pace flag based on my new adjusted under 40 minutes goal. (Original plan pre-soreness had been to shoot for 36 minutes). Unfortunately, the 40 minute pace group lined up several flags ahead of us. Based on the crowds at the race, they were right to do so, and we should have moved up there with them.
This is the third year I've done this race. The first year, they sold 1500 spots. This year? 4000. Same course. Same golf-cart sized path for half of it. (First and last mile are on the road). Needless to say, we spent a LOT of energy running around people.
|Photo of race start courtesy of M3S Sports FB page.|
Mile 1: 9:48
Mile 2: 9:17
Mile 3: 8:56
Mile 4: 8:38
Last 200 feet (I ran 4.04 miles): 6:35
We finally caught and passed the 40 minute pacers at mile 3. My favorite comment of the day was by a friend who was running with those pacers. After the race he said. "Did you see me? Did you see me as you went blowing by?". Love it!
|Mollie and I celebrating the race finishers rewards.|
Nonetheless, this race has some awesome swag. And, can't beat a bottle of wine for all finishers over 21!
|Swag Bag: Hat, gloves, hat and a mini bottle of whiskey|
|Don't worry Mommy, I was a perfect angel.|
For the record, my previous 4 mile race PR was 45:15. If I've done the math correctly that's an 8 minute, 26 second PR. For a 4 mile race. It's going to be a lot harder to PR after this one!
Anyone else race recently???
What's your take on crowds and holiday races?
What's your favorite finisher's reward (other than a medal) for a race?
I think I have to go with the wine.